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Offensive Hand Gestures from Around the World

Call us uncultured, but one of our favorite things to do is learn all of the offensive hand gestures and dirty slang around the world. There’s something inherently funny and powerful about knowing you can offend someone with your hands. We don’t know if we have the gumption to actually travel the world and make rude gestures at everyone, but we’d like to think we’d have a good laugh before being beaten in the street. If you’re doing any overseas traveling in the next few months, you’ll definitely want to study this list of rude hand gestures of the world. It just might save your life.

The difference between offensive hand signs and funny gestures can be infinitesimal. One man’s peace sign is another man’s eff off. And we think it’s important to know about this kind of stuff. Wouldn’t you want to know if you were offending an entire town of Romanians? Or what if you’re speaking to a police officer in Vietnam and suddenly feel the need to cross your fingers for luck? Don’t you want to know why you probably shouldn’t do that? Or maybe you’re just aching to find out how to offend people from other countries. Well, this list of obscene international gestures can help with that too.

Study this list of obscene hand gestures from across the world, and make sure you don’t get yourself in trouble by making any of these rude hand signs the next time you travel abroad.

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  • Moutza

    In Greece, Africa, and Pakistan, this hand gesture can mean anything from "To hell with you!" to "I'm going to violate your sister!"

  • Write-off

    In Greece, this gesture means "I'm ignoring you" and is often accompanied by the odd declaration "I write it on my testicles" though you don't need testicles to do the write-off gesture.

  • Cutis

    In India and Pakistan (as well as fair Verona), to perform the cutis insults someone's entire family. So be careful whom you bite your thumb at.

  • Crossed Arms

    Crossing your arms in front of you is considered a huge sign of arrogance in Finland. Standing with this posture in a Finnish bar is likely to get you into a fight.